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Blizzard sells server blades for charity

Original WOW hardware up for grabs.

Blizzard is auctioning a number of server blades used in the early days its hugely successful World of Warcraft MMO.

Around 2000 original Hewlett Packard ProLiant blades that once housed 500 hundred Warcraft different realms across North America and Europe are being sold off.

Net proceeds go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, one of the world's premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.

The blades will be auctioned off on eBay in batches over the next four weeks, starting on 17th October. Blizzard has posted a handy FAQ and auction schedule for prospective buyers.

Should you snap one up, it'll come in a custom-built windowed case adorned with the World of Warcraft logo. You'll also get a commemorative plaque signed by the World of Warcraft team.

"World of Warcraft realms are like the virtual neighborhoods of the game's community - they contain the spaces where millions of players have made friendships, forged friendly rivalries, and created lasting memories," commented Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime.

"Each winner in this auction will own a small monument to those collective experiences. The best part is that this auction benefits a great charity doing tremendous work in helping children from the US and around the world."

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